Role of Equal Opportunities - Prague

2004-11-25 17:29:31 / News read 2672 reading
The Conference summarizing the project of Gender Studies o.p.s. that verified position and situation of women as the employees of various concerns and companies in Czech Republic – took place in Prague on November 23rd. NEWW-Polska was invited as the women NGO’s representative to point the possibilities for the cooperation and future funding by private sector the gender issues and concerns.

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Conference Programme – panel discussion:
The panel discussion shall deal with the interrelation between social and employment conditions and foreign investment. Its main part shall discuss whether investment companies that have been good practices bearers in their home countries can launch or influence any challenges or changes in the area of enforcement of equal opportunities for women and men, and whether examples of such practices can be implemented in the Czech environment. The panel participants shall also see to the question if investment in equal opportunities pays off.

The main panel questions are to be the following ones:
- Do the foreign investments bring in the Czech Republic any change of employees’ social environment, resp. change of the Czech society?
- Do the companies’ employment policies play any role in the investment proposal assessment? If not, is there any concept of this kind conceived for the future?
- Is it possible for the foreign examples of good practices in the field of equal opportunities for women and men be implemented in the Czech praxis? If yes, why? If not, why?
- Is it worth it for the companies to invest in equal opportunities of women and men?

Panel participants:
M. Pavlíčková – Integrated Marketing and Communication Manager – IBM Czech Republic: IBM is one of the world companies that has integrated equal opportunities for women and men and programmes for reconciliation of family and working life in the company’s corporate social responsibility.
Irene Schipper., Company Monitor, the Netherlands
Martin Kavka, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
Peter Greger, Euro-Czech Forum
Monika Buzasy, Procter and Gamble
Panel discussion: Role of non-profit organisations and commercial sector in enforcement of equal opportunities in the private sector:
The panel participants shall analyze the issues of relations and cooperation between non-profit organisations and commercial sector in enforcing equal opportunities for women and men in the labour market. The panel shall primarily focus on defining the conditions under which such relation can be enriching for all involved parties. It shall also look closely at private companies’ donorship: why do companies sponsor i.e. activities for children? How can the “unattractive” social issues be used for the companies’ PR? Is it possible? Can it be develop further ahead of the “simple” PR?

The main panel questions are to be the following ones:- What is the current “face” of the cooperation between non-profit sector and commercial sphere?
- What roles should non-profit sector/entrepreneurial sector play in enforcing equal opportunities for women and men?
- What should the non-profit organisations dealing with gender and equality issues do so as to become attractive partners for entrepreneurial subjects?
- Why do most current donor activities of the entrepreneurial sector aim so closely on support of the “first-plan” projects, i.e. projects supportive to handicapped people or children? How can be enforcement of equal opportunities for women and men promoted and perceived as of importance?
Panel participants:
Linda Sokačová, Gender Studies, o. p. s.
Zofia Lapniewska, NEWW, Poland
Petra Víková, Zentiva, a.s.
Jitka Poláková, proFem, o. p. s.
Panel discussion: Gender perspectives within the companies‘ corporate social responsibilityCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) represents one of the key issues in today’s society. It has been perceived both in relation to employees and to the environment where the relevant company is effective. In the Czech Republic, the CSR concept finds itself to be only at the very beginning; it has still been encountering lots of difficulties in its enforcement in daily reality. On top of that, gender views can be found at the very edge of interest within the CSR concept. What is the reason? What does it actually mean when talking of gender aspects in the frame of corporate social responsibility? How to make companies respect and fulfill them?

The main panel questions are to be the following ones:
- What is hidden behind the term Corporate Social Responsibility?
- What do we understand when discussing gender aspects within Corporate Social Responsibility?
- What hinders/motivates companies and firms in enforcing equal opportunities for women and men?
- What needs be promoted from the point of view of non-profit sector / entrepreneurial subjects / trade unions so that gender aspects were implemented within Corporate Social Responsibility?

Panel participants:
Tomáš Nejedlo, Business Leader’s Forum
Katharina Bluhm, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany (researcher: foreign investments, employment policies and European integration)
Dana Machátová, Committee for Equal Opportunities, ČMKOS (Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions)
Vladimíra Drbalová, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
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